The time off seemed to benefit Solis, who tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Jordan Zimmermann. He allowed one walk and no hits, while recording no strikeouts. Solis has tossed four scoreless innings this spring.
"It feels good," Motte said. "[It's] definitely more than throwing a bullpen. It's like actually doing baseball stuff. … It's a big step. It's not just throwing a bullpen anymore, it's actually going out there facing hitters knowing those guys are going to be swinging and actually try to do stuff. It's not just throwing balls in there. It was more intensity, more adrenaline than a bullpen, and I recovered well. Taking another step forward."
Rodriguez is expected to play in a minor-league game Tuesday, so the injury isn't considered too serious. Rodriguez hit .246 in 195 at-bats last year.
The club wants to be sure Morrow is ready once they leave spring training, so he'll begin the season as the team's fifth starter. Morrow is a fairly significant question mark for the club. After living up to his promise in 2012, Morrow's 2013 was cut short due to a forearm issue.
Morrow posted a 5.63 ERA in 54 1/3 innings last year.
It was revealed Hochevar would undergo the surgery in early March. He had been dealing with elbow issues during camp. Hochevar will likely miss the entire season due to the injury. Hochevar posted a 1.92 ERA in 70 1/3 innings last year.
Middlebrooks said his finger didn't feel great, but that he wasn't too concerned about the issue. It sounds like he removed himself from the game in order to prevent further injury. Middlebrooks is expected to open the season as the starter at third base. He hit .227/.271/.425 in 348 at-bats last year.